How else to begin an Olympiad coverage but, naturally, to have lunch with none other than Vladimir Kramnik! There I was sitting in some Dresden restaurant when suddenly in walks GM Kramnik, all by himself. In fact, we were the only customers in this joint. Feeling bold, I call out his name and motion for him to sit at the table next to mine, and he happily did so. We discussed chess, of course, plus this and that.
A lucky start to this Olympiad, I thought. Let's hope it will remain positive.